FortiGate-VM interoperated and integrated with VMware’s NSX-T Data Center 3.1 release. By combining FortiGate-VM functionalities with NSX-T, organizations can integrate a consistent security posture across multiple hypervisors on-premises and in the cloud, with full east-west and north-south traffic protection across the entire VMware NSX-T environment.
To simplify complexity and streamline operations
Fortinet became one of the first security vendors that deliver complete integration with the latest NSX-T Data Center 3.1 release. VMware’s NSX-T platform’s main goal is to simplify complexity and streamline operations by supporting multiple public and private clouds, multi-hypervisor environments, cloud-native applications and data centers on-premises and in the cloud. However, it is the integration with FortiGate-VM that addresses the customer’s need for advanced security to effectively manage risks across these environments.
Some of the new key features in the release include:
- Support for Virtual Domains (VDOMs): Virtual Domains are a method of dividing a single FortiGate-VM unit into multiple virtual units that function as individual units. This support provides flexibility to direct traffic to specific VDOMs to apply granular security policies in micro-segmented environments.
- Support for liveness detection: FortiGate-VM, when used as a service VM, officially supports NSX-T’s liveness detection mechanism. This forces the Service Insertion data path to not to use a specific VM until its service manager has updated the VM’s configuration.
- Automated FortiGate license enablement through FortiManager GUI.
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